The Special Collections Department at Iowa State University Library invites students participating in the National History Day in Iowa program to use the primary and secondary sources available in the department's holdings. This site includes lists of our collections that are selected to fit each years theme. We also have lists from previous years available.
If you have any questions regarding our collections, please contact us!
National History Day in Iowa is a year-long program that helps students learn about historical issues, ideas, people and events.
Students participating in the program research a topic related to the annual NHD theme, analyze the information, and present their interpretation through projects that include papers, posters, websites, and performances.
See the National History Day in Iowa website for more information.
The Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) was established at the Iowa State University Library in 1969. SCUA contains nearly 18,000 linear feet of archival materials documenting the university's main research areas such as rural life and agriculture, natural history, veterinary medicine, engineering, and women in science and engineering. The University Archives consists of official records and faculty and alumni papers in paper and electronic formats, along with over 1,000,000 photographs, 5,000 audiovisual recordings, and 10,000 motion picture films. Included in the archival collections are also the manuscript collections, which document individuals, families, and organizations. Finally, there are 55,000 rare books dating back to 1475, with strengths in agriculture and the natural sciences.
Special Collections and University Archives collects, preserves, and shares documentation of the experiences, achievements, and memories of people and organizations reflecting the university's major research areas, with a special commitment to documenting the history of the university. Supporting the land-grant ideals of putting science, technology and human creativity to work, we strive to enrich learning and encourage investigation by a diverse community of users.
You will get access to the materials much faster if you contact the archives in advance. Here's why: